BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,18TH JUNE,2022-DPP Noordin Haji has directed Police IG Hillary Mutyambai to leave no stone unturned in regards to investigating the authenticity of academic certificates submitted by aspiring candidates to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as a prerequisite to contest in the August polls.
This comes after the National Police Service (NPS) on Saturday launched a probe to ascertain the genuineness of the academic certificates presented by Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Johnson Sakaja and his Machakos counterpart Wavinya Ndeti for clearance.
In a subsequent letter to the IG, DPP Haji noted that NPS should not limit itself by only investigating the duo, but should rather focus its attention and resources on any other candidate whose integrity has been questioned during this electioneering period.
“…it is prudent to expand the scope of investigations beyond the two gubernatorial aspirants to include complaints against aspirants lodged with the IEBC and relevant government agencies, including complaints circulating in the digital, print and electronic,” wrote Haji.
While urging Mutyambai to also investigate whether any government agencies have aided candidates to forge their clearance requirements, Haji directed that all findings on the same be submitted to his office on or before July 1, 2022.
“Considering that you are working with tight electoral timelines the resultant file should be submitted by July 1, 2022,” he stated.
IG Mutyambai had earlier on directed DCI George Kinoti to establish the genuineness of Sakaja and Wavinya’s academic documents and establish whether there was indeed any crime committed.
“Owing to the constitutional and legal mandate bestowed upon it, the NPS has commenced criminal investigations into the genuineness of the certificates presented for clearance to the IEBC by two political aspirants, namely Hon Johnson Sakaja and Hon Wavinya Ndeti, both gubernatorial aspirants for Nairobi and Machakos counties respectively, and determine if any offense has been committed,” read the NPS statement.
“Consequently, the Inspector General of the NPS has directed the Director, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to conduct speedy investigations into such authenticity and genuineness of all the certificates, testimonials, and respective documentation presented to IEBC for clearance by the two aforesaid aspirants to logical conclusion.”